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PTA/PTSA is NOT Just About Fundraising!

One of the purposes of PTA/PTSA is to “secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth.” Whether it is city or county government, school board, or the Florida Legislature, PTAs/PTSAs need to be engaged in the process and remain a strong voice for every child.


So how can you get involved and make a difference? Appoint a legislative chair and members to serve on the commitee. The next step is to stay up-to-date and well informed on proposed legislation that affects each and every one of our children.
  • Invite your local legislator to visit your school.
  • Attend town hall meetings.
  • Research bills and ammendments that are being formed in Tallahassee and in Washington D.C.
  • Know the Florida PTA platform items
  • Distribute legislative information to your PTA/PTSA board and general membership.
  • Initiate action when needed such as letter writing, telephone calls, faxing, and visits to your elected policymakers.
  • Spearhead a drive to register voters.
  • Focus community attention on an issue by providing an interesting and educational program for your members.
  • During election years, hold a Meet-the-Candidates night.
City, county, state and national concerns are all within the scope of your work on PTA/PTSA. Your members know what their concerns are for their children. As a PTA advocate, it is your job to tackle these concerns. The strenth in PTA/PTSA is our passion, numbers and the process we use to help the children of Hillsborough County and Florida. We have a responsibility to our children to use the strengths we are given! You will be amazed at what can be accomplished when someone takes the time to study the problem, hear all sides, and formulate constructive solutions.


*adapted from the 2008 Florida State PTA Kit of Materials

Become a Volunteer!

Say Y.E.S., Volunteer!

  • *The HCPS Volunteer Application is not applicable for Charter Schools. If you are interested in volunteering at a Charter School, please contact the school directly. Do not complete this Volunteer Application. Thank you.

     COURT-ORDERED COMMUNITY SERVICE: Hillsborough County Public Schools does not allow court-ordered community service hours to be served as volunteer time. Individuals who are required to complete court-ordered community service are directed to contact other non-school agencies.

  • Thank you for your interest in becoming a Hillsborough County Public Schools volunteer! HCPS requires all volunteers and community partners to complete the HCPS Volunteer Application or have a current active application on file prior to any volunteer engagement. 30-day notices of renewal are sent to the applicant based on expiration date.

    Completing the HCPS Volunteer Application is the first step in the process for volunteering in one of our schools. The volunteer application process includes Volunteer Policy and Procedure Acknowledgement, Information Collection and Background Check Authorization.  Applications should be submitted at least two weeks prior to any volunteer activity. Allow longer for Level 2 Fingerprinting.

    We are thankful to the many volunteers and community partners that say Y.E.S. (You Empower Students) every day to collaborate with us in preparing our students for life.?

    If you have any questions about the application, please contact the district’s Volunteer Services office.

    Volunteer Services 
    [email protected]
    (813) 272-4446


HCPS Volunteer Portal Quick Guide

HCPS Volunteer Portal Quick Guide